Halloween is the deadliest day of the year

Halloween is a holiday made for children. We can transform into whoever or whatever we want to be for an evening. Trick-or-treating, parties and parades offer endless opportunities for free candy. Unfortunately, Halloween is also the deadliest day of the year for pedestrians.

Walking and cycling are transport modes where relatively unprotected road users interact with traffic of high speed and mass. This makes pedestrians and cyclists vulnerable. They suffer the most severe consequences in collisions with other road users because they cannot protect themselves against the speed and mass of the other party.

More than 70 percent of the deaths happen away from a crosswalk or intersection. Children ages 12 to 15 had the highest rate of death at 32 percent, followed closely by 5 to 8 year old.

Please make sure you and your children are seen, and see who's coming down the street!